Donate Child Support Calculator
Skip navigation

Grandmother seeks access time with grandsons

Can some one help please? (I don't live in Sydney.)

I am a grandmother to 3 boys aged 10, 7 and 5.

I live in Brisbane and I don't know if the courts would give me access to my grandsons.

My daughter cut me of from them as she said she is the mother and makes the decisions.

As an indigenous person I feel my grandsons have the rights to know their culture through me as well.

Can someone tell me if I have the rights for legal aid.

I am on a disability pension due to having been through breast cancer and having fingers amputated through kemo; but my health is good now and no sign of the cancer has returned.
Have you approached you local Aboriginal Legal Service to seek their advice and support?

We have another member on this site (Calista) who is very much for children having their rights respected with regard to contact with grandparents, and I'm sure she will respond as well.

Other than the ALS, do you have a local group, not sure what the correct name is. In Ipswich it would generally come under the auspices of KAMBU.

Not sure if this has been of any help for you, but you could use the whisper function which only me and the execs. on this site can see, so it won't be public.
i didnt no my daughter said that i have no rights and that her life goes on because of us living in different states but i will ring the ipswich office thank you. :thumbs:
Hi

Do you have the rights for Legal Aid? That's a hard one when it should be so simple. Legal Aid don't like grandparents. I'm about to lodge legal action, a complaintagainst them about their attitude towards grandparents which is in contradiction to their policies.It's time to expose their deception. In saying that I would certainly lodge an application with them and see what happens. I will be very interested in the outcome.

Your definitely right. Your grandsons do have the right to know you and their culture through you.You are their heritage.

If you haven't already,are youable to submit your story to Madonna King the journalist and commentator on the ABC Radio 612 Brisbane who yesterdayspoke withDr. Maged Rofail about grandparents denied contact? She has requested our stories and emails and is taking on the challenge of speaking to the Head of the Family Court.

For those who missed this discussion, it's not the law that needs changing, it's the application of the law. That's to say the law is being abused by the legal professional, lawyers, ICL's,magistrates and judges,they are abusing the best interests of the child, and abusing grandparents, demonstrating bias towards mothers, parents, which is not in the best interests of the child. Many Family Report writers are guilty of this abuse too. Cases are accumulating demonstrating this abuse, mine is a classic, and outrageous!

Thanks for your contribution to Professor Sims research article. We have had a good response to this.

If you haven't already look up www.kinkare.com.au which lists all the support groups in the Queensland Region.

Go ahead and put in your application to Legal Aid. You have nothing to lose.

Last edit: by Secretary SPCA


First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  M K Gandhi
Hi I have sent professor Sims through another person on my emails only this week. for 10 years i was denied access to the eldest grandson then i gor breast cancer and had fingers amputated through it then suddnely my daughter made contact i seen them not knowing i had 2 other grand sons then early this week she rings and says sorry losse my phone number the children are to have no contact its not fare and legal aid said i am not entitled to legal aid in another state. where the justice. ive payed the price in years of missing out on my boys and now its happening all over again at the hands of my daughter.
I know alot of us haven't seen justice.  Have you got that in writing from Legal Aid, not entitled to legal aid in another state?  It would be useful to know why they are rejecting you and to have those reasons in writing.

Contact Madonna King with your story.  Keep speaking out.  You deserve to be heard.

Grandparents are making progress, speak with Maree at kinkare.com.

Stay strong for your grandchildren, hard as that may be, they need you.

Email me privately if you wish.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  M K Gandhi
I have read your posts today with interest. If your user name is your actual name I would recommend firstly emailing FLWG Admin asking to change it to a non descript user name. The information that you post on the site in the public forums is visible to everyone, including your daughter if she looks at the public site.

Family law matters involving Australia's indigenous population present a number of complex issues, both positive and negative, within the family courts, the positive issues for yourself is the reliance on kinship as opposed to the traditional views as Calista has pointed out.

To give you any guidance I would need to know more info on the circumstances, can you send me a whisper, to keep your posts private for yourself and we can go from there.

Cheers

LP

Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on the site (Look for the Avatars).   Be mindful what you post in the public areas
I was told on the phone that living in a different state i wouldnt be entitled to legal aid i dont know where to find email adress on this site.
To the person you want to communicate with, just below their message you should see a blue button which says "whisper".

Click on that and you will find that two links come up "in line topic" or "personal topic".  Click on one of these, try them to get the hang of how to use this website.

By doing this you can send a personal message to that person without everyone viewing it.

The information you were told on the phone may be incorrect.  I would actually lodge an Application for a grant of Legal Aid.  This can be done through Legal Aid or through a Solicitor and won't cost you anything to find out.

Contact Tess Rowley on 07 3252 4371 of the Indigenous Grandparent Support Group who may be able to advise and support you.

Maree's number to contact for support is 07 3287 1664.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  M K Gandhi
Calista said
….
To the person you want to communicate with, just belowtheir message you should see a blue button which says "whisper".

Click on that and you will find that two links come up "in line topic" or "personal topic". Click on one of these, try them to get the hang of how to use this website.

By doing this you can send a personal message to that person without everyone viewing it.
There are two types of whisper. An INLINE whisper means it is with this topic and can be read by moderators and admins, and a Personal Topic is a completely separate Topic in your private area and does not reside in this Topic. It can be read by admins only. You can also click on a user profile / avatar and IF the user allows email you will see an email link on the menu displayed relating to the profile.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
 Was my post helpful? If so, please let others know about the FamilyLawWebGuide whenever you see the opportunity
 
Hi sorry its taken so long in getting back could Calista SEND ME a email address and liberi Primoris so I can make contact expaning all what has happened my computer is old and I have to come in to our school and use there computer













Hey Sue Acacia

Email the details to me at this email address

Cheers

LP

Last edit: by Secretary SPCA


Executive Member of SRL-Resources, the Family Law People on the site (Look for the Avatars).   Be mindful what you post in the public areas

Update

Sue has now been granted Legal Aid to enable her to apply to the court for contact with her three grandsons. 

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  M K Gandhi
Thank you for keeping this post updated Calista. The Family Law Act is very specific about the compliance requirements for Indigenous and Torres Straights island communities and they get special mention and are dealt with separately with special considerations from other communities. The extended family situation as found in Aboriginal, but also seen in Maori and Samoan communities, is dealt with in a much more holistic way. I would be extremly suprised at an outcome that does not facilitate some sort of relationship here. I would like to anonomise her name if the poster has used her real name. Perhaps you could let me know what name she would use and I will arrange to change the login name and the post detail name.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
 Was my post helpful? If so, please let others know about the FamilyLawWebGuide whenever you see the opportunity
 
I am glad that a grandparent is able to access legal aid to spend time with their grandchildren. There should be more availability of means in this regard.
1 guest and 0 members have just viewed this.

Recent Tweets